This Ex-Coach’s Continued Salary Is The Reason Tuition Is So High

A former football coach’s tax returns paint a horrifying picture of where your college tuition money is going—and why it continues to climb.


Former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis amassed a winning record of 35-27 between 2005-2009 before he was fired.

After he was replaced by the current football coach, Brian Kelly, Weis allegedly continued earning money from the Ivy League school.

According to federal tax filings released yesterday, Weis collected $2,054,744 (roughly $430,000 more than Kelly in the same period) from Notre Dame over the reporting period of July 2014 through June 2015—despite being fired five years before.

Business Insider reports, “Since Weis was fired in November 2009, he has earned a whopping $16,912,123 from Notre Dame. And because the university has scheduled ‘additional annual payments’ for Weis through the December 2015 pay period, he is owed one final paycheck for his services in South Bend, Indiana. That will put his final buyout sum from Notre Dame at $18,966,867.”

As if that wasn’t bad enough, USA Today reports that only two employees at Notre Dame made more than Weis: the university’s vice president Scott Malpass and the university's managing director for private capital investments Michael Donovan.

All these salaries seem to paint an ugly picture that will leave students breathless. Although no professor should live just above the poverty line, as many do, these kinds of salaries are perfect examples as to why students are paying exorbitant amounts of money to attend colleges.

State and federal funding are supposed to go hand-in-hand with students’ tuition, making the price tag of colleges more affordable. That’s not exactly the case with private schoolswhich means that, for the most part, students are paying for these salaries. Weis has not been an active athletic coach for over half a decade and is currently unemployed; how is it that fair that students are still paying for his salary?

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